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The Netherlands can be exasperating.


There ought to be a term similar to "culture shock" that conveys the experience as a long and persistent phenomenon. Shock decreases with familiarity. Exasperation can become increasingly acute.


Public telephones

I could not get the 'phone to work with coin....


No hot water

Washing with too-cold water, I cursed....


Dutch bureaucracy

Part I (Amsterdam 2000) ...
...and II (Nijmegen 2004) ...


Having a beer

... The head fills and overflows the tiny glass....


I know my Dutch is bad

"No offense, but youre Dutch quite a few flaws...."


Een klacht

A complaint ...

"Do you understand this?"

A rude question in the wrong language....


Following and pacing

The way that the Dutch people walk in public ...


Dutch toilets

A shelf, instead of a bowl ...